Arts Fest Amplified: Tickets on Sale through June 15 Online

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Ashley Babbitt


SALT LAKE CITY: SALT LAKE CITY, UT:  The Utah Arts Festival adds to the summer music scene with a fresh take on the Festival experience—Arts Fest Amplified—as it presents four nights of top musical talent on the Amphitheater Concert Stage June 21-24 at Library Square on the northeast corner of the Festival grounds. With tickets at $25 each, the Amplified Concert Series represents an outstanding entertainment value, as the price includes same-day admission to the Utah Arts Festival, the state’s largest outdoor, multidisciplinary arts event in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

All concerts will take place on the Amphitheater Concert Stage, located on the northeast corner of the Utah Arts Festival June 21-24. Doors open each evening at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale through June 15 online at


Thursday, June 21 at 9:30 p.m.

Gomez, an English indie rock band from Southport, comprises blues, indie, alternative, rock, folk, psychedelic and experimental. The trademarks of this transatlantic group include Ben Ottewell's gritty vocals and bassist Paul “Blackie” Blackburn's overdriven bass. Known for its gutsy musical experimentation along with freewheeling lyrical styles, the band continues to evolve since its first album “Bring It On” won the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. Just recently the band issued a 20th anniversary edition of the album, which emphasizes the timeless durability of their songs.

Ron Pope (Opening for Gomez)

Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m.   

From Nashville, Ron Pope has mastered the art and business of thriving as an independent musical artist. Along with Brooklyn Basement Records, the label he runs alongside his wife and manager, Blair Clark, he has sold out shows on three continents, more than 2 million digital song tracks and his studio album work is cited as a standout by Rolling Stone Country. He co-produced his latest album titled Work with Ted Young, Grammy Award winner, who has worked with The Rolling Stones, Grace Potter, Sonic Youth. He also recently released a seven-track companion EP titled Worktapes.


Friday, June 22 at 9:45 p.m.

DJ A-Trak’s career is a mastery of turntablism connecting hip hop and electronic music with a career spanning more than two decades, and encompassing venues from underground clubs to sold-out concert arenas along with many of the most visible festival stages. A Canadian native, A-Trak (Alain Macklovitch) has been named by Rolling Stone as one of the 50 Most Important People in EDM (electronic dance music). His collaboration credits include Kanye West, Jay-Z, The Roots, and Duck Sauce with Armand Van Helden. Duck Sauce’s 2012 song Barbara Streisand was nominated for a Grammy.

People Under The Stairs

Saturday, June 23 at 9:45 p.m.

Hailing from Los Angeles, the People Under The Stairs duo has been a hip hop music fixture for more than two decades. They have nine albums (and a 10th coming soon titled Shot & Cut) and have toured more than 40 countries on six continents. The pair—Double K (Michael Turner) and Thes One (Christopher Portugal)—started collaborating in high school. The group’s name comes from taking a different path than what most rap artists were doing at the time by forming large collectives and seeking as much spotlight as possible. As DIY artists, they are known especially for their lyricism, which focuses on personal experiences set apart from contemporary issues or sociopolitical controversies and often use references to the experience of music and creating it.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Sunday, June 24 at 8:30 p.m.

Based in Birmingham, Alabama, St. Paul and the Broken Bones—known for its soul-infused rock that pays respect to Sly Stone, David Bowie and Prince—has won many kudos for its second full-length album titled Sea of Noise, with songs that touch on the themes of redemption, hope and salvation. The album highlights the band’s hallmark muscular, bright sound of horns, which is augmented by tracks featuring a string quartet and choir which darkened the usual tones associated with the band. 

Join us at the 2018 Utah Arts Festival

Adult admission to the Utah Arts Festival is $15. Reduced adult admission is available with a $8 lunchtime special on Thursday and Friday from noon-3 p.m. Seniors 65 and above and military are $8. Children 12 and under receive free admission.

Access to the Arts Fest Amplified concert series is $25 and includes same-day admission to the Utah Arts Festival. Learn more at


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The 42nd Utah Arts Festival runs Thursday, June 21 through Sunday, June 24, from noon to 11 p.m. on Library Square, 400 South and 200 East in downtown Salt Lake City.

Ashley Babbitt